Tag Archives: Motivation


How Great Leaders Inspire Action

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sienk, “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” shares this simple, yet powerful 18-minute TED Talk to inspire leadership. In the video, Sinek references the “golden circle” to explain why Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers had such a lasting effect on society.

We may not all be leaders or desire leadership traits, but this video should at least make you appreciate the strength and importance of great leaders.

3 Realistic Requirements for Effective Online Learning

A recent post from Designer Librarian outlines 3 crucial elements to sustain a successful online learning environment. The author, Amanda Hovious, is an experienced librarian currently completing her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT). Amanda, who attended her IDT program entirely online, describes the 3 most important components of online learning to achieve success and student engagement: Synchronous Learning, Sense of Community, and Active Discussions.

From a student’s perspective, I often find it difficult to become motivated and engaged in online learning. This issue typically originates from the common structure of online classes; pre-recorded lessons and instructions that are not in real time. There is often a lack of “community” and active discussions compared to a physical classroom. All of these factors combined make it difficult to stay organized, involved, and informed in an online course.

What do you think?

  • Is an active community of learners important when taking a new course?
  • Are discussions more useful when lead by a select few, rather than a collective group?
  • Is it easier to stay engaged and organized in an online environment vs. a physical environment?

I look forward to your opinion and thank you for reading!
Feel free to post your opinion or comments below!

How To Get Your Students Excited

How To Get Your Students Excited(Source)

I came across an inspiring post, from Terri Eichholz on her education blog, which has encouraged me to share my thoughts and first-hand student experience with you. Terri, a K-5 teacher with decades of experience, brings up a very important topic: challenging students to think. Terri believes that a requirement of being an effective teacher is connecting with your students, occasionally provoking them to think for themselves, and leaving a lasting impression with them after class time.

Memorable Teachers
Speaking from my own personal experiences, all of the memorable teachers and professors I’ve had share this quality and ideology. They present debatable material that challenges my perception of the world, especially if it is current material. For example, ethical discussions, current news stories, or even personal opinions on a topic often provoke me to engage and participate. Surprisingly, this tends to work even in courses that don’t particularly interest me.

The Ultimate Goal
At the end of the day, what are teachers really trying to accomplish? Of course, they want their students to understand the material and succeed, but perhaps more importantly, they want students to GET EXCITED about the subject.

In my opinion, once a student becomes excited and self-motivated to learn a topic, the educator’s main objective has been achieved. Even if students are struggling with their current understanding and expertise of the topic, the “ground work,” so to speak, has been established.

I’ve been told and truly believe that to be successful and happy with your life, you have to honestly love what you do and get excited to go to “work” every day. It’s always remarkable watching self-motivated people who excel in their respected skill.


Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education

Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education

I read a great article this morning on Forbes.com called “Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education”.

Dr. Matthew Peterson is the founder and CEO of the MIND Research Institute. The MIND Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization that “enables elementary and secondary students to reach their full academic and career potential through developing and deploying math instructional software and systems”.

This article focuses on Dr. Peterson’s creation ST Math, “a unique game-based math curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that uses neuroscientific, mathematics, and education research to improve math education and advance scientific understanding.” 

I found the article extremely captivating. It is amazing what people and organizations are doing to change the way we educate and learn. The power of technology has enabled new ways of thinking and new understandings of how people learn.

ST Math concentrated on three principles that they consider “prerequisites for enabling quality learning”

  • Interactivity
  • Informative feedback
  • Intrinsic motivation

Academic-Zone follows these very principles. All of our modules are driven by interactive content with informative feedback that encourages intrinsic motivation. It is our goal to offer innovative resources that help today’s students proactively take control of his/her education. Our flexibility and ability to address the unique learning styles through interactivity and the use of multiple channels to present content creates an educational offering that positively impacts today’s students as well we today’s learning environment.